The next installment in the Zelda series has been formally announced for the Wii U during Nintendo’s Digital Event today at E3 with a tentative release date of 2015. While no formal title has yet been announced, a beautiful trailer of the game accompanied its reveal, showing off a graphical style similar to that of Skyward Sword. Surprisingly, Link (or is it Link?) does not don his signature green tunic or hat, instead trading those in for a ponytail and blue attire, as well as a magnificent bow! On horseback, Link battles a large creature in a fight to the death in an open world Zelda game!
Kotaku has reported that all of the footage of the new Zelda title was in-engine, and not pre-rendered per a Nintendo rep, showing off the graphical prowess of the Wii U. However, the footage was not taken from a gameplay perspective.
Eiji Aonuma introduces the reveal, discussing the game and how the conventions of the Zelda series have changed.
“It’s quite a vast world, isn’t it? You can even reach those mountains in the distance, if you walk far enough.
“We couldn’t create such a wide world like this in the past. As far as what you can do with such a vast field to explore, as soon as those boundaries are removed, it means you can enter any area from any direction. So the puzzle-solving in this game begins the moment the player starts to think about where they wanna go; how they will get there, and what they will do when they arrive. This is a clean break from the conventions of past games in the Zelda series, where you had to follow the set path and play through the scenario in the right order.
“I believe this departure will create opportunities for new gameplay that have not been experienced in previous Zelda games. As you can see, and as you know from the Zelda series, the world in these games can be quite peaceful. However, it is a Zelda game after all, so strong enemies will certainly appear, even in this setting. Powerful enemies appearing in such a peaceful world is one of the defining features of the Zelda series.”
As one of the most anticipated games for the Wii U, we will definitely be looking for more news about Zelda for Wii U as it comes!